Monday, March 30, 2009


Inspired by a thread on the HomeOne forum I rang the local council to find out what our new house number is going to be.


Yep 13, not sure wether or not to be freaked out or happy by this. The Chinese think that 13 is very lucky. So we shall see ;)

Which Lol cat are you?

I love lolcats and I couldn't resist taking the lolcat quiz when I stumbled up on it. The ironic thing about this, is that I am forever baking biscuits for my family, however they rarely last more then a week as I eat them all :)

Your result for The Which Lolcat Are You? Test...

Sad Cookie Cat

51% Affectionate, 42% Excitable, 60% Hungry

You are the classic Shakespearian tragedy of the lolcat universe. The sad story of a baking a cookie, succumbing to gluttony, and in turn consuming the very cookie that was to be offered. Bad grammar ensues.

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Some changes..well a few

Hubby's parents visited the other weekend, and we took them to look at more display homes, particularly the Adelaide at Noarlunga, just to see how they had done the tiles etc. It was all the same, however in the Format homes he saw for the first time a cavity sliding door to a wardrobe, and loved it! *smacks head* I had been asking for this for ages, and he poopooed the idea, however now that he has seen it, he is quite keen for it to be done. So I rang our sales consultant and asked if it was to late to make changes. He said "no" so we sat down and came up with a list of everything we wanted to change. We came up with the following.

Remove Portico (turns out neither of us really liked the portico, and we thought it was the other who wanted it)

Sliding cavity doors to WIRs in all bedrooms – this then enables us to have the 3 shelves and 4 draws in bedroom 3 as drawn on the plan

Add back 4 draws and 3 shelf unit to WIR in bedroom 3.

Shower spout (shower head) raise to 2000 in ensuite and main bathroom

Shower tiling to 2100 in ensuite and main bathroom

(We have chosen a Beaumont tile (03102) it is 200 x 300mm and we have been told it is in Statesman standard range, so we would like this laid vertically, so that it will be 7 tiles high in the shower alcove, and 5 tiles high for the 1500 tiling around the rest of the bathroom).

Remove the extra row of tiling in the laundry – we will be having the 200x300mm tiles laid vertically in the laundry also, so no longer need the extra rows.

Change under bench oven from gold range 900mm oven to silver range POP667. (we saw the westinghouse 900mm oven and for an extra $1500 it wasn't worth it)

Add a standard internal door from kitchen to dining area

Add a standard internal door to study

Add solar hot water system

Add a broom closet to laundry

Add internal sound proofing insulation (could you please give us costing on this) either

a) all internal walls of the house excluding the walls housing the WIR


b) Adjoining wall bedroom 3 & 4

Adjoining wall bedroom 4 and rumpus

Adjoining wall family and bedroom 4/hallway

Also I don’t like the look of the cornices on the front exterior of the house over the windows. It makes them look sleepy. Can they be removed above the window line for the front of the house? I have pictures if you need a definition of what I mean.

We have picked out a brick from the Austral range called ‘Seacliff’. It is a discontinued brick however they have 20,000 left. I think you said our house only required 8000, the Austral liaison with ACS is expecting a phone call to quote on the bricks. We are crossing our fingers that it won’ t be any more than a normal bronze/standard range brick.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Finally got the contract today

Finally got the offical copy of our contract today from Statesman, and a letter stating that it would be about 3 weeks while they draw up our plans, then 3 weeks while the engineer works out our footing costs from the plans on our block. So 6 weeks before anything is going to happen! Then after that they will call us in to do colour selections, then maybe 6 weeks after that something might start happening. *fingers crossed*

We got the offical colour selection guide however.

We also got an extra 30 days on the settlement of the land. So hopefully we will have the bank pack from Statesman the week before the land settles. It is going to be tight, if we can get the bank pack from them before the land settles it means less hassle with the bank. So might start calling Statesman again and see if I can get them to hurry along a little. I don't like my chances however.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Surprise Visitor

On Friday I was quite surprised to find Paul our Sales Consultant standing on my front door step.

When we first signed we had signed for the Adelaide Alfresco, but changed our minds to the Adelaide, so he had an exclusion form for the Adelaide. A form that says "This is everything in the display home, and your not getting it"

Hubby wasn't home at the time, so I told him we would drop it back to him on Saturday at the display village. I really hope that this isn't what has been holding up our paperwork.

Paul reiterated that the contract had been approved, that there was some discussion about the footings costs, but that we where aware they may be greater then the amount he put in the contract. Apparantly they have been getting some costs back from the estate that are quite large. But our block is probally the flatest block out there.

So Saturday we went to Blackwood display villages.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rang Statesman again

I rang Statesman again yesterday to see where our contract was at. She told me that our salesperson had been mis informed and that our contract was yet to be signed off by a manager. That it hadn't even been looked at yet!! We where told 2-3 weeks before it gets looked at. It has been over 6 weeks now.

She said to ring again next week, and if it hadn't been looked at yet to get our Sales Consultant to make some noise. He better hope it has been looked at, or else he is going to get some noise from me I can tell you.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Another 3 hours in the tile shop

Well after another marathon session at Beaumonts we have come up with another option for the bathroom. The last feature tile didn't sit right with me. So now we have come up with this.
The benchtop laminex is Silver Grey, the cupboard doors Charcoal, the tiles 20x30cm wavy white, and the feature tile is called Gravel Black, tumbled. Hubby didn't think that white would be a fantastic grout for it, so we looked at the grout pallet and picked out Misty Grey.

I feel pretty happy about these selections.

Silver Grey laminex. I can't find the tile on the Beaumonts website to show it up close.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chasing down our sales consultant

After leaving a few voicemail messages I finally got hold of our Sales Consultant today.
He has asked after our contract *yay* it has gone through (as he didn't have it sent back to him) *yay* and the house plans are being drawn up *yay*. I asked about the engineers report, he said that they won't do that until we have seen and agreed to the master plans *boo*.

So now we are waiting for the elusive plans to be drawn up. I wonder if they post them out to us? or if we have to go in and see them?

I mentioned that since we are building the same house just about everyone else builds should not the plans be pretty much done already. He left me with the distinct impression that they had signed up a huge number of people lately to build houses and that I had to understand that these things take time :(

So now I am waiting again.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Project complete - my daughters school one that is

This is the Louvre Pyramid at night. My daughter had to build a Paris landmark for her Social Studies class. Being in Year 4 of course it falls to the parents to do most of it. So the last 6 hours since she came home from school and told me it was due tommorow, has been spent creating the Louvre Pyramid. I don't think it looks to bad. (I don't know why blogger is rotating my photos but no matter what I can't get it to load them up straight *grrr*)

Monday, March 2, 2009


I've just checked the website for the estate we are building in, and someone has put a block on hold right next to ours!! We might have neighbours yet! The estate agent thought she was going to have a really hard time selling the blocks either side of us as they are corner blocks and have a 5m set back on both sides, and being smallish blocks it leaves little room for a decent sized house.
We might just be able to off set some of the fencing costs.